Tuesday, October 29, 2013

So many NEW things to play with!!

Phwoar.....this is going to be a heavily laden new products post!  Let's jump right into it.

The new Envelope Punch Board (or EPB) is a new product to SU!  This essentially enables you to make envelopes of ANY size to fit your card creations into, however DO NOT LIMIT yourself to just envelopes.  This tool allows you to do so much more!  I have just taken shipment of one of these beauties myself and I would be more than happy to show you how you can use it in a number of ways.
Envelope Punch Board (133774) is a great price at just $31.95.  Check out the details HERE.

If you want, check out this YouTube video that shows you just how you can use the EPB

The new Thinlit cards are just so cute.  ANYONE that you give one of these to is just going to think that you are a superstar cardmaker.  And you will nearly not make an easier card!  Cards made with this do not need to be heavily decorated, because the uniquness of the card itself is enough!  I also have both the different types of these thinlits with me and would be happy to show them to you if you would like to book a workshop with me!
The Thinlits come in 2 designs:
  • Label card (133479) which is featured in the picture, and
  • Circle card (133480)
Both retail at $55.95

It is that time of year when we start thinking about Christmas presents and what we will be giving people.  Often these days, many people make their own gifts for teachers, friends and family.  However, we are often left with poor packaging to place our treasured (and sometimes hard made!) gifts into.
Well fret no more.  The Holiday Catalogue is chocka-block full of packaging ideas.  And from now through to the end of November, you can buy some of them as bundles and save 15%.

The Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle is on sale for $34.95
The Holiday Tag It XL Box Bundle is on sale for $32.95

Click on the picture to see the special in detail.

For those of you out there that have taken to MDS, this is just for YOU!
From now until November 30th, you will save 30% on selected digital products.  Simply go to www.mydigitalstudio.net to check out the details!

Ok...that should do you for today!  Remember, you can order any of these items online by just visiting my online store - CLICK HERE

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Due to being caught up with organising the Ronald McDonald House Charity event which was held yesterday, I neglected to post about the 6 day sale that SU! have on selected stamp sets!

Until TOMORROW ONLY, 25 sets will be reduced by 25% to celebrate our 25th birthday!

Check them out NOW and contact me to place your order ASAP or use the online shop to order straight away!

Friday, October 11, 2013

So why did I pick Ronald McDonald House Charities?

I was asked recently if I had needed to use the services of Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and was that the reason I was raising money and making cards for them.  No, I am fortunate that I have not had to use their services or facilities (not for want of trying by any of my 4 kids though!).  But it got me thinking about how and why we become involved in the vast array of charities that are out there.  I mean, who is the best one for our time and money?

Often, people become involved in fundraising or charity work because of a personal connection.  For instance, someone may start to raise money for breast cancer research because a relative or themselves are diagnosed with the disease.  Others become involved in Beyond Blue because their best mate committed suicide.  Or a family like Ryven Harris' might pull out all the stops to raise the awareness for blood and done marrow donations.  Often, we don't become involved in something until it immediately affects us.

So why did I, a mum of 4 healthy kids who are not remotely in need of the services of RMH, start this campaign to raise money and make cards for the charity?  Why didn't I pick something else - possibly something else that might have attracted more people more quickly - to become involved?  Why didn't I raise money for IVF research or unexplained infertility research as these issues dominated much of my 30's?  Well, I don't think that it was any one thing, but for me it had to do a lot with being a mum.

We live in a rural area of Victoria.  Our local doctors and hospital are equipped with the facilities to handle the general ailments of childhood.  But if something out of the box arises, or a serious injury occurs, then there is a need to seek medical attention in Melbourne.

Like a lot of families that live in rural and remote areas, we don't have any contacts or family in Melbourne that we can use as a base for an extended stay.  While all my kids are healthy right now, that may not always be the case.  I may very well need to use RMH myself.  Of course, I may never have to use them (touch wood), but my efforts will have gone some way to benefit other families just like mine.

Yes, I do know of families that have stayed at one of the many Houses around Australia.  And all of them have had glowing things to say about the facilities, the staff and the support that they received.

This fundraiser I am doing is not really about making cards.  Does that sound weird?  Because we are making cards!  What I mean, is that the day is about coming together as a group and providing some support for families that find themselves in such an unenviable situation.  I can only imagine what some of these families are going through as they sit, hope and pray for their children's wellbeing.

So we are really raising money, awareness and at the same time, doing something practical to give.  Cards are always needed.  Thankyou cards, birthday cards, Christmas cards and (unfortunately) sympathy cards are all needed by these families.  These cards will be donated and be made available free of charge for them to use.

You DO NOT have to be a cardmaker to come along.  You DO NOT have to continue to make cards after this day has finished.  There is NO PRESSURE for you to do anything more than pay your money, turn up and make some cards.  The ONLY requirement is that you HAVE FUN!

My goal is to donate a minimum of $1000 to RMHC and a good number of cards as well.  Can YOU help?  Can YOU spare the time?  Wouldn't YOU want someone else to support the charity if it were you that needed to use it?  Please help me achieve my goal.

Registration is Monday 14th October. Contact me to reserve your place.

I know that many of you have probably seen me advertise or publish this event across a myriad of forums.......and I will continue to do so until I get as many people as possible attend.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The foundations of Stampin' Up!

I thought you might to see a clip that echos the majority of demonstrator's feelings about SU!  Shelli is correct and truthful in saying that SU! is always about relationships.

Check it out for yourself.
(you may need to copy and paste in your own browser)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Vintage Christmas Cards

Hi all.  I was running a small comp to check out all your beautiful Chrissy cards done in a vintage style,  and these are the entries.  Unfortunately, I didn't get enough entries in the comp to warrant the allocation of a prize, but I do thank the ladies that participated.  Maybe next time, you would like to take part?

This is one from Carol Clayton who had trouble loading up to the linky list:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Best of.......October release now available

The Best of......set for October is now available.

This month, it is Best of.....Birthdays.  Fabbo.  We have a number of birthdays coming up in our family from November through to April (they seem to come thick and fast in that time period!), so I know I will get good use out of this set.
(click on the image to see a bigger version)
This set would also make an excellent Christmas present for someone crafty in your life.  So why not buy 2 sets!

Contact me to place your order, or why not use my online shop to do it all yourself?!  Click on the image below to go to my online store and start shopping!
(for those that are unfamiliar with online shopping, please refer to my Youtube video that explains how you can order online....just ignore the hostess code bit for individual orders)

Join SU! for just $25!!!! OMG.

It has NEVER been easier or cheaper to join SU!.

For an extremely limited time, you can join Stampin' Up! for just $25!  WHAT?  $25?  Yes, that's right...your eyes do not deceive you.

From October 7th through to 14th, you can join for just $25 and enjoy all of the benefits of being a demonstrator.

If you would like to join just to get the discount on all your future SU! purchases, then this is for you.  If you have been thinking for some time about joining, but the cost has held you back, this is for you.  If you already have a lot of SU! products and just want to join up, then this is for you.
During the promotion, the usual starter kit valued at $169 will not be available.  A special starter kit will be available which includes products valued at no more than $26.95 PLUS a business pack that contains a lot of the forms, catalogues and invites to get you started.

Remember...this special is only good for 2 WEEKS.  Offer runs out on October 14th.

Join my team and experience the benefits of being a demonstrator.  You can sign up and join my team online by clicking HERE.  If you want to chat about joining SU! and the perks available, please feel free to contact me.

Want to get MORE freebies?

Hot off the press!!!

Stampin' Up! have announced that for the month of October, hostesses can earn an EXTRA $25 of hostess rewards when they place a qualifying order*.  This is fantastic.  You can already get a heap of freebies, so this will be even better!  Especially in the lead up to Christmas when our crafting budgets seem to want to expand.

The $25 extra ties in with SU!'s 25th anniversary!

Contact me TODAY to arrange a workshop booking.  Remember, workshops can be run many different ways - some of them you can do online if you wish.  Give me a call to work out which type of workshop suits you and your friends the best.

$25 extra.....you can knock that.  Offer valid until October 31st.

(*qualifying orders are $400 in sales before postage)

AW-01 Around the World Challenge

Hi all.  Tonight I stumbled upon a new challenge site that I thought might interest some of you.  I quite like these types of sites, because they push you to come up with something that you might not have ordinarily produced - be it the design, the colour combo, the theme or something else.

Australia's very own Alisa Tilsner is one of the team behind this challenge site.  This particular challenge is the very first one, so why don't you join in.  The only stipulation (that I can see at least) for playing along is that the products you use must all be current Stampin' Up!  And follow the theme.  For this challenge, the theme is CELEBRATE.
Here is my card.....I have to come clean and say that I did not create this card for this particular challenge in mind, but rather I had made it for my aunt whose birthday was last week.  But I really love the colour combo (Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana) so much that I had to show it.  It is a pretty simple card, but I feel that the colour combo is so striking that it carries the whole card.  You don't have to fill up the whole front.  The other thing that I definitely had to add in was the Washi Tape.  I think I am having a love affair with this product!!!

So give it a go.  Join in and upload your project that says "Celebrate"!

Materials used:
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo
DSP - Etcetera
Stamps - Chalk Talk
Ink - Versamark 
Other - Melon Mambo Emboss Powder, Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon, Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Vintage Faceted Button, Chalk Talk Framelits, Big Shot